Sonia Maria Sotomayor was born on June 25, 1954 to her parents who were of Puerto Rican descent. She was born in The Bronx in New York. When Sonia was 9 her father passed away and her mother raised her and her brother as a single mother. Sonia had to learn English as a 2nd language because her parents were not native English speakers.
Sonia's mother sent her to a private Catholic school where she excelled. She graduated from Princeton University Summa Cum Laude. She then attended Yale Law school and when she graduated she worked as an Assistant DA and then in the private sector.
Nominated by President George H.W. Bush for a U.S. District Court Judge (1992)
At the same time, also taught law at NYU (1998) & at Columbia law school (1999)
Nominated by President Clinton for U.S. Second Circuit of Appeals (1997)
Nominated by President Obama to Supreme Court and became first Latina Supreme Court Justice (2009)
In the majority that allowed same-sex marriage (2015)
In what ways was her life admirable 1. Epitome of American Dream2. Her parents were not native English speakers and she lost her father at a young age3. Her mother instilled in her that education was a number one priority 4. She excelled at Ivy League Schools 5. She worked as a lawyer in private & public sector and still volunteered 6. She became the first Latina Supreme Court Justice 7. She is an inspiration to everyone but especially young female Latinas.
3 Important Lessons Sotomayor teaches young peopleThe power of education can open many doors. Give back to the community and ensure exciting educational experiences for young people. To stand strong and stick up for what you believe is right